Results from SRTEs provide one form of data used as evidence of teaching effectiveness. The SRTE survey is administered to students at the culmination of a period of instruction, typically the end of the academic semester. SRTE data are included in promotion and tenure dossiers and in annual faculty activity reports.
Penn State Policy HR-23 – Promotion and Tenure Procedures and Regulations requires that the evaluation of teaching effectiveness for purposes of promotion and tenure be based on both peer and student input. All units gather student input using the SRTE. Some academic units choose to supplement SRTE data with other student feedback such as written answers to open-ended questions. All SRTE results are provided to both the faculty member and to the academic unit or unit head.
Penn State Policy HR-40 – Evaluation of Faculty Performance provides the process for an evaluation of the performance of each faculty member at least once each year. Each tenured faculty member will be evaluated with an extended review every fifth year after the most recent promotion decision. Academic units may also use SRTE data as evidence of teaching effectiveness for the purposes of evaluating faculty as part of the annual review process.
For non-provisional faculty, each college should develop clear and specific guidelines for the frequency of the use of SRTEs, whether the college requires all courses to be reviewed or not.